Our Board

Our board of directors are community leaders highly invested in Spark the Journey’s success.

They meet quarterly to provide strategic oversight of our program, participate in fundraising on Spark’s behalf, attend student and mentor events, and find other ways to leverage their skills, experiences, and networks to support our mission.

All board members make monetary contributions each year.

Theodore A. Schwab
Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus
Founding Partner & Managing Director, Steward Partners Global Advisory

The Honorable Mary K. Bush
Board Chair President and Founder
Bush International, LLC

Carol Adelman, PH.D.
Director, The Hudson Institute Center for Global Prosperity

Johnson Bademosi
NFL athlete and Spark, Gonzaga, and Stanford alum

John A. Bates
Partner, Potomac Equity Partners

Cathy Bernasek
Independent Consultant in the Nonprofit Sector

Gina Coburn
Senior Advisor, Global Philanthropy Group

J. Warren Gorrell, Jr.
CEO Emeritus and Partner, Hogan Lovells

Dorothy Helfenstein
Independent Consultant/Senior Advisor in the Government Consulting Sector

Sarah Iddrissu
Executive Director, Educators for Excellence

Margot Machol Bisnow
Author, Raising an Entrepreneur

James E. Nevels
Founder & Chairman, The Swarthmore Group

Charles Rossotti
Senior Advisor, The Carlyle Group

Macani Toungara
Africa Leaders Program Manager, Obama Foundation

Dennis Via
Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ambassador Michael M. Wood
Chairman, Redwood Investments, LLC